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Phantom Pain (Phantomschmerz)

Phantom Pain
Scene from “Phantom Pain” (photo © Maria Krumwiede/Film1)

Marc is a lucky beggar. He is good-looking, charming and an educated storyteller that women are fascinated by. If he is not doing any odd jobs to get by, he is on the road with his bike, with which he has traveled the world. Marc’s other side is less flattering. He is always broke, a constant heartbreaker, an unreliable drunkard refusing to take responsibility for anything. But one can’t really be mad with him. Not even his daughter Sarah, the offspring from a long failed relationship. Then comes the day that changes Marc's life, he loses his left leg in a hit-and-run accident. But barely out of the hospital, Marc rushes back into his old life, joking, flirting and behaving as if nothing had happened. He tries to repress his blow of fate, until he meets Nika and he falls in love.

Phantom Pain is a thought-provoking, yet light and upbeat look at an urban slacker who's forced to turn his life around. Starring international star Til Schweiger (Rabbit Without Ears, Jailbirds) alongside Stipe Erceg (The Edukators, The Baader Meinhof Complex) and Jana Pallaske (Love in Thoughts, Engel & Joe).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2008
Director Matthias Emcke
Screenplay Matthias Emcke
Cinematography Ngo The Chau
Martina Matuschewski
Ralf Kuefner
Cast Julia Brendler, Stipe Erceg, Jana Pallaske, Til Schweiger
Producers Henning Ferber, Marcus Welke, Sebastian Zuehr
Production Company Film 1/Berlin, in co-production with Warner Bros. Pictures, Barefoot Films, Neue Bioskop Film/Munich
Runtime 92 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Toronto 2009 (Gala), Taipei 2009, Göteborg 2010, Shanghai 2010
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Hessen Invest
German Distributor Warner Bros. Pictures

World Sales
Bavaria Media International

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